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Tanner Vavra, John Loeffler, and Chris Manning each had two-hit games for Valpo, but the Flames out-slugged the Crusaders in a 12-5 loss. (Ray Acevedo)
Tanner Vavra, John Loeffler, and Chris Manning each had two-hit games for Valpo, but the Flames out-slugged the Crusaders in a 12-5 loss. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Valparaiso's struggles at Les Miller Field this season continued with a 12-5 loss to UIC Saturday. The Flames were fueled by eight extra-base hits as they hopped into second place in the Horizon League standings by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker. 

Valpo starter Cole Webb endured a rocky first inning that saw the Flames plate three runs. Leadoff man John Coen worked an eight-pitch at-bat before sending a double to left center. Andres Ortegano followed with a productive ground out to second that advanced Coen to third base with no outs.

Center fielder Tyler Detmer then hit a high chopper to short that brought in Coen from third. After taking a 1-0 lead, the Flames recorded three consecutive doubles to take a 3-0 lead.

Detmer added another RBI to his stat sheet with a sac fly in the second inning to extend the UIC lead a run.

The deficit reached six runs before Valparaiso scored its first tally.

With the bases loaded, Chris Manning hit a ground out to the shortstop to allow Andrew Bain to score from third.

Ian Lewandowski kept the Crusaders stymied at the plate until the sixth inning.

With the cheers from Valpo softball's championship ceremony still reverberating throughout the complex, the Crusaders erupted for four runs in their half of the 6th.

Bryce Hara drew a leadoff walk before Tanner Vavra, John Loeffler, and Chris Manning recorded three straight singles. Loeffler and Manning's both scored runs.

Spencer Mahoney made it a 6-4 game with an RBI single that plated Loeffler.

Lewandowski's last pitch of the day found Elliott Martin's shoulder before he was lifted for reliever Mike Schoolcraft.

Schoolcraft bounced a breaking ball into the dirt that strayed away from catcher Alex Jurich and allowed Mahoney to race home from third to bring the tilt to 6-5.

Joe Betcher, the first batter to the plate for UIC in the sixth, sucked the revived life out of Valpo with an opposite-field solo home run that gave the Flames some breathing room.

The Flames tacked on two runs off reliever Ben Mahar in the home half of the seventh.

The floodgates burst open with a three-run UIC eighth inning. Ryan Boss's third extra-base hit of the game, a two-run double, put the Flames ahead for good 12-5.

UIC's bullpen combined to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to preserve the win for Lewandowski (5-3). Conversely, Webb (3-7) suffered his seventh loss of the season in his shortest outing to date as a Crusader.

Valpo (24-25, 10-10 Horizon) can regain its second-place spot with a win tomorrow over UIC (23-25, 10-10 Horizon) in the series finale. Dalton Lundeen (3-0, 4.93) will attempt to salvage a game for the Crusaders as he faces Mike McKinley (3-2, 2.78) in a 1:05 pm start.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo